Course Abstract Details

MUSIC-104, World Music

Credits: 3

Course Description

MUSIC-104, World Music, begins with the study of music as a social and aesthetic activity and as an acoustic phenomenon. The primary components of music cultures are discussed and analysed including: the contextes and occasions for music making, the social organization and functions of music, and the oral, written, and media transmission of music. Fundemental aspects of sound (pitch, duration, volume, timbre) and their organization into musical structures are identified and explained. Next, the course investigates music from various location on the planet. Specific case studies are chosen in order to illuminate a range of socio-musical types: from music in small-scale egalitarian communities to rural peasant population to elite patronized forms of music to mass mediated contexts. Prerequisite: ENG-097 and READ-A-F. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. DIVERSITY/WORLD VIEW. GENERAL EDUCATION Offered Spring and Fall terms.

Course Objectives and Grading Information


1. Describe the field of ethnomusicology. (GE 6) 

2. Discuss various genres of music and where they are located globally. (GE 1, GE 6) 

3. Develop a basic vocabulary for describing music. (GE 1) 

4. Analyze music through listening to live and recorded performances. (GE 1, GE 2, GE 5, GE 6, PG 2) 

5. Describe the relationship between music and culture. (GE 1, GE 2, GE 6) 

6. List and describe famous performers of world music (GE 1, GE 6) 

7. List and describe instruments not germane to western culture (GE 1, GE 6)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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